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With Medicaid one of the largest chunks of state budget spending, it’s no surprise some are honed in on curbing: “Fraud, waste, abuse in our Medicaid program.”


Sue Lincoln

Only 344 more days till Louisiana reaches the edge of the fiscal cliff, yet most state legislators are following the “out-of-sight, out-of-mind” prescription. Not so for the administration, though, as the issue loomed large over Thursday’s State Bond Commission meeting.

Wallis Watkins

Eleven Governors, both Democrats and Republicans from across the United States issued a statement earlier this week, recommending governors be included in the ongoing process of healthcare reform. Governor John Bel Edwards is among them. 


courtesy: U.S. Justice Action Network

State Representative Patricia Smith of Baton Rouge was a featured speaker at the U.S. Justice Action Network’s seminar on incarcerated women’s issues Tuesday, in Washington D.C.  Her work on Louisiana’s recent criminal justice reform package was applauded.

“It was a bi-partisan collective work from a lot of people,” Smith told the overflow crowd at the seminar’s breakout session focusing on rehabilitation issues.

courtesy: Louisiaana Dept. of Economic Development

Today we’re launching a sometimes series we’re calling “Whatever Happened To…?”, looking at Louisiana people, places and issues that were once hot news topics, but have since faded from view.

We’ll start with the northeast Louisiana industrial megasite known as Franklin Farm. 


Sue Lincoln

One year ago today, the peace of a sunny Baton Rouge Sunday was shattered and darkened by the deaths of three law enforcement officers, and the wounding of three others. Today, we remember the heroism of EBR Deputy Brad Garafola, Officer Matthew Gerald, and Corporal Montrell Jackson.

(And please keep Deputy Nick Tullier in mind, as he continues to heal from the injuries he received that day.)

86 thousand homes in Louisiana had damage from flooding last year, and state recovery officials are working to distribute federal recovery dollars to flood victims. In order to find out who flooded and how badly, the state set up a survey; only 31 thousand households have filled it out.

Sue Lincoln

Remember Scott Angelle and his catchphrase from the 2015 Governor’s race?

“The name is Angelle. It has two Ls and it stands for ‘Loves Louisiana’.”

After filing to win the 3rd Congressional District race in fall 2016, he’s gone to work for the Trump Administration, so there’s an October 14th election to fill his unexpired term on the Public Service Commission.


Sue Lincoln

Qualifying for the October 14th state Treasurer’s race began Wednesday, with three Republicans, one Democrat and one Libertarian signed onto the ballot thus far.


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Louisiana’s election season officially begins today with qualifying for the October 14th ballot, so can political “messaging” be far behind?

Whether you call it “messaging”, “spin”, “political correctness”, or even “fake news”, the words used in the political arena mean different things to different people. In linguistics, the emotional meanings attached to words is known as “semantics”.

LSU Public Policy Lab director, Dr. Michael Henderson – who heads the annual Louisiana Survey -- spoke with me about the science of semantics.

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